ON THE COVER: Parker, Colo., farrier Jaime Venegas places a horse in cross-ties at Little Raven Ranch in Littleton, Colo., in this image captured by Lead Content Editor Jeff Cota. Venegas works in the multi-farrier practice C-Cross Farriers, which is owned and operated by Sedalia, Colo., farrier Jason Critton.

Farriery isn’t a Job, it’s a Lifestyle

Farriery is not a typical job. In fact, many argue that it’s not a job at all; it’s a lifestyle. You see, hoof care is not far from a farrier’s mind. The welfare of the horse is a responsibility that’s not taken lightly. It’s often a hallmark of a successful farrier

One such farrier was the late Bill Miller, who shod horses for the better part of 60 years. He believed that any shoer who leaves their work at the barn isn’t a true farrier.

“This is not a job that you just go out and work 8 to 5,” the Olympia, Wash., farrier told American Farriers Journal. “It’s constantly on your mind. You think of what you could have done differently or how you could improve the horse.”

Another reason that one can’t just punch a clock is that a farrier is a small business owner. While providing hoof care gets a farrier out of bed, handling the less celebrated tasks is equally important to a thriving business.

“You’re the CEO of your company, but you’re also the janitor,” Miller said with a chuckle. “You handle the public relations, the billing and anything else that comes up.”

Help is Here

Although the buck stops with you in your small business, there is a wealth of resources at your disposal. The farrier industry is filled with incredibly generous people who are armed with valuable experience. There’s no greater example than the knowledge and advice that you will find within…

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Jeff Cota

Jeff Cota has been a writer, photographer and editor with newspapers and magazines for 30 years. A native of Maine, he is the Lead Content Editor of American Farriers Journal.

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